This election was a solid clear Republican win… right up until the day it started.
The Democratic Party offered nothing but corruption and a confused old guy who thinks he is a Democratic Socialist. All the GOP had to do was field a viable candidate.
Granted there wasn’t much to choose from, but – ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS FIELD A LEGITIMATE VIABLE CANDIDATE, and they would have won.
The GOP handling of the current presidential election could be turned into a field manual on how to lose an election. This election was lost before the first Republican Primary Debate.
It was lost in 3 easy steps.
Step One. Abandon reason when selecting a candidate – if you want to lose an election you need to make sure the voters nominate the most incompetent candidate you can find – You want the Dennis Rodman of Politics.
The GOP started with a field of 17 mostly unqualified or marginally qualified prospects. The Party itself has the responsibility to insure that their candidate is actually an electable candidate – they fell down on the job.
What were they thinking? The unification process should have started before the debates and the field cut to about 5 or 6.
Political parties are private organizations, like social clubs, they have a right to set their own rules and the law has little to say about it.
There is nothing wrong or illegal about slanting the primary toward the candidate the party leaders believe is most viable. The Democratic Party uses Super Delegates to insure they don’t end up with an embarrassment as a candidate.
There were at least 4 GOP hopefuls who could have beaten the confusion out of both Democratic contenders in the general election and undone some of the bipartisanship damage done within the legislative branch. Unfortunately “Smart and Issue Driven” does not play well with a primary electorate – both sides are plagued with this problem.
Allowing 17 candidates to take part in the debates guaranteed that no issues would see the light of day and that the contest would remain a student council-esque exercise in popularity – common sense doesn’t come into play. The guy who tosses a handful of jellybeans into the crowd and shouts “Free Bird” while playing air guitar gets the most votes.
The GOP candidate DID NOT win by getting a majority of the votes or by having the majority of voters choose him. He won with a plurality, not a majority; 53% of GOP primary voters chose someone other than the candidate.
It was much easier for the political equivalent of Dennis Rodman, on a bad PCP high, to win against 17 opponents than it would have been against a field of 4 or 5 even minimally qualified candidates.
With 17 candidates the educated, common sense vote was split between several of the 17, making it hard for any serious candidate to achieve a majority.
The way the GOP ran the first stages of the election guaranteed that the least qualified candidate had an edge. It is worth noting that the Democratic nominee earned several million more votes, and the democratic runner up got only a handful less votes, than the GOP nominee.
In reality the current GOP candidate garnered the lowest percentage of primary votes since 1968 – that candidate also lost.
Once you have selected the most incompetent, least qualified, candidate available, it’s time to move on to step two. It’s time to drive a wedge or two in the party and alienate any outsiders who might bolster your ranks.
Step Two. Let your baboon out of the cage – show the electorate the absurdity, incompetence and lack of integrity that your candidate embodies.
The candidate needs to be like an open barrel of battery acid – everyone who gets too close will experience his stench and caustic nature.
If the opposition just happens to run one of the most reviled Politicals in modern history, or if she is so incredibly unfit for office that Gregory Rasputin could run against her and win; then the deck is stacked against your candidate losing, so there needs to be a concerted effort to respond to every political gift with a something to negate it.
If the FBI says the other candidate is a liar – denigrate a grieving mother in public.
If evidence of collusion to influence the primary surfaces, imply someone should shoot the other candidate.
If the other candidate makes a patently false statement and the media gives it due attention – make 6 or 7 more heinous public lies and double and triple down on them.
Make sure any negative press against the opponent is overshadowed by your dancing baboon. The GOP did an amazing job of this.
Once the Independent and anti-Clinton Democrats are running the other way; when it becomes so painfully obvious to everyone that the monster you created must be stopped… go into damage control mode.
Step Three. Come to your senses much too late – Once it is clear you have lost the election and that the party may implode, it is time to do damage control.
Like the protagonist of Mary Shelly’s epic novel – the RNC’s own Dr. Ryan-stein must destroy the monster they created. Once the party comes to its senses they need to coagulate into miasmatic pockets of resistance.
Write a few letters of un-endorsement.
Declare your own candidate a threat to Democracy.
Makes sure prominent party members make public statements against your candidate. The other side can use them in political commercials and sound bites.
All that is left to do is to throw in the towel and blame the media; sit back and watch the rest of the show – Mission accomplished. A resounding victory is turned into a loss larger than Hillary’s cache of e-mails.
I admit that I’ve done some idiot things in my time; I inadvertently smoked cat-shit once; I jumped a Para-dactyl once and early one morning I accidentally borrowed the Ft. Rucker Post SGMs car for a beer run. I won’t go into what happened to me in Bangkok TDY when I was 19… but this election makes all my dumbassery look brilliant – it makes you want to sit on your own thumb and twirl.
Back in the mid 80’s I was passing through Louisiana and we got caught up in a local bust. I had to go along for the ride until some could come get me.
By the time we were brought before the local judge he was discretely informed who we were so he set bond.
The problem was that the jailor, who strip-searched me, told the prosecutor he saw a soviet tattoo on my back.
The prosecutor vehemently and vocally opposed bail.
After a few minutes of back and forth, trying to convince the magistrate I was a risk, the judge made a decision and set my bail.
The prosecutor objected one last time by standing up and exclaiming:
“Yer Honner – I’ve been to at least 3 rodeos and one regulation Arkansas Goat **** … and I ain’t NEVER seen nuthin like this”
I think he pretty much described this election in a nutshell.